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Private: Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History

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Bradley Manning perpetrated the biggest breach of military security in American history. This intelligence analyst leaked an astounding amount of classified information to WikiLeaks: classified combat videos and hundreds of thousands of documents from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and from embassies around the globe. Almost all of WikiLeaks's headline-making releases of ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Chicago Review Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Esther Bradley-detally
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In a world where multiplicity of events, opinions, hot air, cold air, drift, waft, go bazoom, bizarre, I found Private Bradley Manning, Wikileaks by Denver Nicks an extremely intelligent, broad view of a complicated young man, and a complicated society. Both man and society have dark edges, and I think, whistle blower, patriot, traitor, confused, internecine, could apply to both.

Astonishingly this is Denver Nicks' first book. Way to go guy.

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Rob Granniss
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clearly, my review of an audiobook I narrated is very biased. This was a pleasure to read as it's very informative and well-researched. It's also a sympathetic and frank look at Bradley Manning. Denver Nicks is able to write with a position without it obstructing or coloring the information he's conveying. I did my best to produce this in a way to give each person involved their own voice without getting cartoon-ish (very challenging when reading quotes from Julian Assange to Dick Cheney (almost ...more
Lissa
I have to admit that I don't know much about Chelsea Manning. I mean, I know some of the basics - she leaked a shit ton of information to WikiLeaks and was prosecuted once found out - but I don't know hardly anything about Chelsea as a person or what motivated her to become a whistleblower. That's the reason I chose to read this book, but I have to say - I honestly didn't learn as much as I thought I would.

The book comes across as fairly dated, even though it was only published about four years
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Private: Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History


Bradley Manning, a 25-year-old Army private, downloaded 700,000 or more classified documents from military servers and gave them to Wiki Leaks. Bradley Manning committed the largest breach of military Intel in the history of the US. When he was serving in the Army’s Intel unit, He leaked an unbelievable amount of classified info to Wiki Leaks ( Wiki
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Jonathan
A really excellent introduction to the whole Wikileaks-Bradley Manning issue. Very thoughtful, balanced and reasonable throughout and the final chapters placing the leaks in the context of secrecy policies pertaining to the vast vast national security apparatuses thrown together post 9/11 are really terrific - there is too much unnecessary secrecy in the authors view which has actually brought these problems about. This book concisely explains who Bradley Manning is and where he came from. He we ...more
Jack Stephen
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Rob Granniss
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I got to narrate the audiobook version of this, and am very glad I did. I've been following the Wikileaks and Bradley Manning story as an avid news reader as well as working at NPR, and the amount of information I hadn't been exposed to before reading this surprised me. There is a lot of nuance to this story that typically gets lost in the media coverage, whether it's Bradley Manning's ambitions, or the over-classification of so much government information as secret.
Matt Roberts
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nicks beautifully portrays Brad Manning's life. From his troubled home life as a kid, to his arrest and pre-trial confinement, Private is an all-encompassing, all-telling story of the reality that is the whistle-blower known as Brad Manning. Expertly written, Nicks' book is the story that anyone who is concerned with government intrusion needs to read.
Stephanie
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
very interesting and well written. presents a fascinating parallel between the development of the philosophy of "open source" and access to information, and Manning's personal struggles with military culture and mission.
Paula Wilkinson
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
The author is biased towards Manning & attempts to evoke sympathy. Manning clearly broke the law, & I feel no sympathy for that. Same for Assange. Nonetheless the book was interesting. I did feel uncomfortable with reading Manning's email's/ IM's. It seemed awkward & overly intrusive. ...more
Dale
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Denver Nicks was WAY ahead on this story. It's an important one to understand in an era of declining civil rights, drones, and the government spying on Americans.
Martha
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Interesting. The overriding message is: there is too much secrecy in our government.
Stephen Serwin
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Decent analysis of Brad Manning's backstory, which humanizes and creates sympathy for his actions.
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